Guide for the Last Minute Voter: 2011 Primary and Special Election

September 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm


Democrat David Weprin (left) and Republican Bob Turner (right) will battle for control of the 9th Congressional District in a special election on Sept. 13. Learn how and where to vote in the following guide. Gotham Gazette/Gail Robinson.

In May, Democrats pulled off a major upset in New York’s 26th Congressional District, winning a special election in a district Republicans had held for more than 40 years.

On Sept. 13, Republicans hope to return the favor and capture the traditionally Democratic seat in Queen and Brooklyn that Anthony Weiner – an outspoken Democrat if ever there was one – had to relinquish after his now infamous text messages.

The race in the Ninth Congressional District offers some big issues — the president’s popularity (or lack thereof), the future of Social Security, U.S, policy toward Israel. The contest, though, has attracted so much attention partly because, for legions of political junkies, 2011 is the dry year, the odd-numbered year with no mayoral contest that occurs in New York City politics every four years or so.

A few other races of varying interest will also appear on some ballots in the city Tuesday. There are four special elections to fill vacant Assembly seats: two in Queens, one in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan. The contest to replace Darryl Towns in Bushwick/Cypress Hills has garnered the most attention with three serious candidates each of whom represents a distinct faction in this section of Brooklyn.

Any registered voter in any of those districts or the congressional district can vote in their local contest.

Sept. 13 also is primary day, such as it is this year. This means some voters will get to select their party’s nominees for the few positions up for grabs in November’s general election — and others will get to select those who serve in party posts.

So what’s the bottom line here? No one, regardless of party, in the Bronx or Staten Island gets to cast a vote on Tuesday. After that, it gets more complicated.

Read the full post at Gotham Gazette.

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